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What Christmas trading tells us about retail

What Christmas trading tells us about retail

“Can it really be my duty,” lamented author CS Lewis in 1957 “to buy and receive masses of junk every winter just to help the shopkeepers?” His words seemingly echo the thoughts of UK consumers, who visited the shops in decreasing numbers during the holiday period. This was largely expected after a tough year, but what do the myriad trading updates tell us about the health of the sector? And are things finally looking up?

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